Welcome to “Tips” with The Butchers Block. Below you will find a list of tips we have created to help you get the most from our meat at The Butchers Block.

Healthy Eating Tips For Students

College provides the best years of a lot of people’s lives but there is no denying that it can be tough too, particularly if you have to move away from home to go to your college of choice.

Let’s face it, after rent and fees, you want to have a little bit of fun with your money when you’re a student. The last thing you want to do is spend your cash on costly food just because it’s good for you! At The Butcher’s Block, though, we offer healthy cuts of meat at student friendly prices.

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Busting Myths About Chicken

Chicken Think you know your chicken? Take a look out our list of Myths about chicken… busted!

Myth 1. You should remove the chicken skin before eating. 

The delicious crispy brown mouth-watering skin that you get on a breast of chicken contains far less saturated fat than unsaturated. The majority of fat in chicken skin is actually heart-healthy unsaturated fats. It is therefore possible to enjoy a ‘skin-on’ chicken breast without fear of going over your daily saturated fat limit.

Myth 2. You should wash your chicken before cooking

Many of us think that it is important to rinse chicken under the tap to wash away any bacteria before cooking. This common practice can lead to fatal food poisoning. Washing chicken can splash contaminants (such as Campylobacter) around your kitchen. *Wash your hands after handling uncooked meat.

Myth 3. Brown eggs are healthier than white eggs

The colour of the chickens eggshell has nothing to do with its nutritional value. The quality of the egg depends on the type of chicken and on what it eats.

Myth 4. Hens will only lay if there’s a rooster around.

Egg-laying is part of a hen’s natural cycle. A hen produces an egg regardless of whether there is a rooster around.

Myth 5. Free-Range chickens are free to perch, roost, nest and dust-bathe outdoors with access to a natural diet of insects and worms.

Free-range birds may share a space similar to ‘cage-free’ poultry (the size of an A4 sheet of paper) but are permitted outdoors for at least part of the day; this could be a small fenced area with little to no grass, insects or worms.
Free-range ‘organic’ chickens have an organic diet receiving no hormones or antibiotics. Ask your local butcher for ‘Pasture-raised’ chickens that spend most of their time outdoors with access to a natural diet and do not share space with ‘cage-free’ or ‘aviary’ chickens.

Remember, you can always ask us anything in The Butcher’s Block. It’s better to be informed that to make a mistake!

What To Ask Your Butcher If You’re Paleo

Paleo QuestionsIf you are following the Paleo Lifestyle you are probably very concerned about the food that you consume; how lean is it, has it got grains it and so on. At The Butcher’s Block we pride ourselves on the knowledge our staff have of our products. While not all of them are aware of the workings of Paleo, they will certainly be able to answer your questions; and one thing we always encourage our customers’ to do is ask questions.

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Budget Back to School Lunches

This is a tough time of year for parents, and of course for college students; it’s back to school time. We’ve spending fortunes on books, fees, uniforms, school bags, the works so it’s no surprise that a lot of us are trying to save wherever possible.

One area we can save on is lunches. We’ve got some tips on how you can make some budget back to school lunches, without holding back on nutrition.

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